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NorthernersCanadianRangers11TuesdayFebruary252014IndustryTourismandInvestmentFEBRUARY17-21WesupportAuroraCollegeAURORACOLLEGEWEEKLawrenceRogersAuroraCampusInuvikGraduateCallingallAlumniAuroraCollegeAlumniareanintegralpartoftheNWTseconomyandfuturevitality.Wewanttocelebrateyoursuccess.KjellHunterGraduateThebachaCampusSendusyoursuccessstoryAlumnistorycontactinfoalumniauroracollege.nt.ca867872-7015ByMARIACHURCHClothedinredandpatrol-lingCanadasmostdanger-ousterraintheCanadianRangershavebecomeiconsoftheNorthbutevenastheirreputationgrowstheauthoroftheRangersrsthistorybooksaystheirstorymeanssomuchmore.CanadianRangersareproofthattherecanbeanincrediblerelationshipbetweenAboriginalpeoplesandtheCanadianForcesWhitneyLackenbauerau-thorandhistorianfromtheUniversityofWaterlootoldTheJournal.LackenbauersrecentlypublishedbookTheCana-dianRangersALivingHis-toryistherstofitskindtotellthelittle-knownstoryofthered-sweateredlargelyAboriginallocalswhopro-videsurveillanceforthemilitaryinsomeofCanadasmostremotecommunities.MediawilloftenxateontheideathatAboriginalpeo-plesandtheCanadiangov-ernmentarelong-timeadver-sariestheauthorsaidbuttheRangersstandindeanceofthatnarrative.TheycontinuetoworkwiththemilitaryguidingandteachingbutAuthorseesCanadianRangersasmilitarysuccessYellowknifelaunchesbookonlivinghistoryoftheRangerswithnoobligationtoserveinthearmy.Itsthisincredibleexam-pleofCanadasdiversityandhowbyguringoutwaystoaccommodatethatdiver-sityandrespectititbecomesthisforcemultiplierLack-enbauersaid.TheauthorwasintheNWTlastweektoofciallylaunchhisbookinthecom-panyoftheFirstCanadianRangerPatrolGroupinYel-lowknife.HistourincludedastopinFortSmithwhereseveralmembersfromthelocalRangerpatrolcameouttohearhimspeakatAuroraCollege.Lackenbauersharedsto-riesfrom12yearsspentre-searchingforthebookwhichinvolvedtaggingalongondozensoftrainingexercisesandmilitaryoperationswithRangerpatrols.HistoricalrootsThehistoryoftheCa-nadianRangersdatesbacktoWorldWarIIwhenthecountrysWestCoastbeganpressuringthegovernmenttoprovideprotectionfromthethreatofaJapaneseinva-sion.Pressedformanpowerandcointhegovernmentoptedtoarmvolunteercivil-iangroupswithriescreat-ingthePacicCoastMilitiaRangers.SpreadingnorthtotheYukonandeasttoNunavikandLabradorthegroupbe-cameofciallyrecognizedastheCanadianRangersin1947.MilitaryinterestintheRangersebbedandowedasthegovernmentrespondedtopotentialthreatstoCanadassovereigntyandsecurity.TodaymilitarysourcesrefertotheCanadianRang-ersasthearmyseyesandearsoftheNorthbutasLackenbauerwasoncetoldbyaRangeramoreaccu-ratedescriptionistheeye-glassesthehearingaidandthewalkingstick.MilitaryincreasesfocusonArcticAshleighStokesandTer-renceCampbellbothCana-dianRangersinFortSmithcameoutwithfourothersintheirpatrolgrouptohearLackenbauerspeakatAu-roraCollegesThebachacampuslastweek.StokeswhohasbeenaRangerforsevenyearsnotedthatmilitaryattentionontheRangershasincreas-inglyturnedtotheArctic.BeinginthesoutherncommunitiesoftheNWTascomparedtothemoreNortherncommunitiestheyhavemoreopportu-nitiestheyaregivenmoretrainingandtheyaregivenmorematerialStokessaid.CampbellarecentrecruittotheRangershasbeenwearingtheredsweaterforlessthanamonth.HesaidhelongignoredthenudgesfromfriendstosignupbuttheincentivenallycameinlateJanuarywhentheFortSmithpatrolgroupwentonitsrsttrainingoperationintwoyears.MessagetogovernmentWiththeHarpergovern-mentfacingmountinginter-nationalpressuretoincreasetheirdefenceproleintheNorththeauthorurgedthatthespiritoftheCanadianRangersnotbelostalongtheway.ThetakeawayfromlearningthishistoryisbecausetheRangersarethisincrediblegrassrootsforceItsimportantthatwenotlosesightoftherelationshipthatmakesitworkhesaid.Thatmeanstheorganiza-tionmustmaintainitscurrentbalancebetweenRangersconnectiontothemilitaryandtheirroleascommunitymembersheadded.ItsnotbrokensodontbreakitLackenbauersaid.PhotoMariaChurchWhitneyLackenbauerspeaksatAuroraCollegesThebachacampuslastweek.GraduateThebachaCampus